Indianapolis 500: Field Is Set for 2011 Greatest Spectacle in Racing

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Indianapolis 500: Field Is Set for 2011 Greatest Spectacle in Racing
Tagliani, Dixon, Servia - Front Row

The 100th anniversary race of the very first Indianapolis 500 was set this afternoon. There was drama and rain, which has been the theme all week long.

Qualifying began at the scheduled noon time this afternoon, but dark clouds filled the south end of the speedway, where the cars were exiting pit lane. Ana Beatriz went first, and Graham Rahal followed her as the rain began to fall. Rahal said he had rain drops on his visor on his last lap, but he was able to finish his run and get himself into the field.

Rain made its second wave through the speedway later, and Danica Patrick looked as though she would miss the race because of it. They were able to dry the track yet again, but the news still wasn't good for Andretti Autosport.

Marco Andretti got bumped by Alex Lloyd with just under one minute remaining in qualifying. Marco had one last shot to get back into the race, and he did it with an impressive run. Unfortunately, the result was him bumping his teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay out of the race. The Andretti cars of Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway did not qualify for the race. Oddly enough, these were the two drivers that had the spectacular crash in last year's race. Conway is currently fourth in the points standings.

Dragon Racing is officially done after another accident earlier this morning. Patrick Carpentier was flown in to shake down Scott Speed's car to see if he could improve it. Unfortunately, for he and everyone involved, he spun and backed it into the wall. With Ho-Pin Tung's crash yesterday, Dragon is left without a car for the 500. They tried to work out a deal with Fisher's team and a couple of others, but nothing worked out.

Both Pole Day and Bump Day provided a lot of exciting action, drama, and of course, rain. Seven drivers failed to make the race, and the field is set for next Sunday's race, the greatest race in the world.

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